Safe Boating Course


CHAPTER 7: Water Activities & The Marine Environment


Submerged Aquatic Vegetation is the name for underwater grasses and plants that grow to the surface of shallow water, usually less than six-feet deep. Areas with submerged aquatic vegetation provide important habitats for small fish and shellfish, and provide a food source for several species of waterfowl.

Scientific studies have shown that these habitats can be damaged by boat propellers, as well as by larger boats should they run aground. So it’s important when you are operating your boat in shallow areas, to be careful not to damage this type of vegetation. And you should never operate a PWC in such areas.